According to Mike Fisher, founder & director of the British Association of Anger Management and he studied Counselling and humanistic psychology. Fisher has been working in the field of counseling including anger and stress management for the past 20 years, so when it comes to angry parents and children, he has witnessed a lot. Not too long ago he wrote in a Journal of Holistic Healthcare focusing on evidence-basedpractice and the practical implications ofresearch in holistic health and social care.Fisher soon discovered as human beings welove attention in general. From a parent andchild relationship, children are more likely tobe drawn in and become attached to the internetif their parents themselves are distracted andnot fully present. This is thought-provoking and important to address the issue because Fisher realized that we are all busy human beings and don’t really take the time to stop and appreciate the little things. For example, giving children our undivided attention is often hard to do when you're buried in your buried. Children tend to get mad when they're forced to depart from the internet because of the stronger connection to it. As Fisher stated in his research journal, “To break this vicious circle of withdrawal and anger the solution is for parents to join their children on a journey into emotional intelligence...to find one another through sharing the enjoyment of non-virtual activities.” In other words, Fisher suggests that we should get more involved with more outdoor activities instead of constantly living in our virtual world. So in the eyes of Fisher, he has discovered that as a society, if we want youths to avoid becoming addicted to the internet we need to mentor and guide them through life’s challenges and advocate for them to live more in the moment.
As we all know there are always effects to any addiction. But when referring to cell phone addiction, Fischermakes some good points. Fisher goes into detail claiming, “This addiction has short-term effects that include unfinished tasks and forgotten responsibilities.” Long-term effects that have a grave impact on our physical health include the following: weight gain, backache, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and vision problems from staring at the screen. Cell phone addiction can also lead to, “bankruptcy if the time spent online is focused on shopping, gambling, and gaming.” There are an endless amount of effects that can be caused by online addiction from mental to physical consequences. Despite these facts being true for children, they also attribute toadults as well. How have we allowed this issue to progress? How do we stop it from becoming severe? Is it too late? What is our next move? There are an endless amount of questions that we still have yet to find answers to. The Internet has evolved over time and ever since the emergence of cell phones it has become more and more prevalent in our lives. Since cell phones aren’t going away, and the more they become part of our daily lives, it’s in our best interest to be more conscious of our habits.
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- Winter '08
- Mike Fisher, James A. Roberts, Nellie Bowles